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Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog Talk 'Bad Lieutenant'new

When the news broke at Cannes last year that Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog were remaking Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, everyone thought it was a joke. But less than a year and a half later, their movie touched down in Toronto and turned into the festival's biggest surprise.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  11-23-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Morgan Freeman Talks About 'Prom Night in Mississippi'new

Prom Night is Paul Saltzman's documentary about Freeman's 2008 efforts to integrate the high school prom in his hometown of Charleston. Black and white students had historically held separate events. Freeman proposed a single, integrated prom, which he would pay for himself.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  11-16-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Matt Austin Sadowski Says John Hughes' Death Gives His Doc a Different Lifenew

Hughes' death at age 59 earlier this summer casts a pall over Don't You Forget About Me: A Tribute to John Hughes, which combines clips from Hughes' high school movies with contemporary interviews with the filmmaker's colleagues and boosters like Roger Ebert.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  11-02-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Sacha Baron Cohen's Shock Tactics in 'Bruno' Are Ass Backwardsnew

In scene after scene, Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles throw transgressive images and suggestions at the audience, daring them to take offence. It's shock comedy based entirely on gay panic.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  07-13-2009  |  Reviews

Kaufman Conquers: 'Synecdoche, New York' is a Surreal Surprisenew

Kaufman's directorial debut is as conceptually daring and narratively complex as his screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Elements of all three films can be spotted in this one, but with his own hand on the joystick Kaufman burrows further into his idiosyncratic world than ever before.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  11-10-2008  |  Reviews

'The Tiger's Tail' is a Tepid Talenew

I saw John Boorman's film in January 2007, when it closed the Palm Springs Film Festival. At the time, it felt like a casual disappointment from a once-great director, destined for DVD obscurity. I'm not entirely sure why it merits theatrical release now, almost two years later.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  10-27-2008  |  Reviews

Marc Abraham Makes His Directorial Debut With 'Flash of Genius'new

The result is a plodding, thumpingly obvious gloss on the decade-long efforts of Dr. Robert Kearns, inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, to be properly acknowledged for his efforts after Ford cheated him out of the money and the credit.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  10-06-2008  |  Reviews

'Tell Us More' Delivers Hitchcockian Thrillsnew

Guillaume Canet's taut, gritty thriller went straight to video, in Canada, in January. And nobody noticed. This is a shame, because the film is an excellent example of the sort of crackling psychological thriller that Americans don't seem to know how to make any more.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  09-29-2008  |  Reviews

'Sukiyaki Western Django': Takashi Miike's Misfirenew

Set up in a brief, bizarre introduction by Quentin Tarantino in cowpoke garb, the film is the story of an introverted gunslinger who arrives in a remote village where two colour-coded gangs, the Genji Whites and the Heike Reds, are locked in an endless feud.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  09-22-2008  |  Reviews

Why It was Hard to Keep a Straight Face on the 'Ghost Town' Setnew

Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear sit down next to each other in a hotel room at the Four Seasons, surrounded by journalists, and within 10 seconds it's like Kinnear has vanished.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  09-22-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Daily Show Stars Samantha Bee and Jason Jones Click in 'Coopers' Camera'new

The transplanted Canadian couple, who've established themselves recently as two of Jon Stewart's more fearless correspondents, will be coming home next week for the world premiere of their new movie, Coopers' Camera, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  09-02-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Brilliant 'Baghead' Mashes Genres with Unexpected Resultsnew

At first the film looks like the latest entry in the indie sub-genre that's come to be known as "mumblecore" -- but no sooner has the movie established its quartet of characters than it switches gears and goes somewhere creepier and far more intense than mumblecore pictures have previously ventured.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  08-11-2008  |  Reviews

Likeable Kevin Costner Fields Dreams in 'Swing Vote'new

After saving the human race in Waterworld and restoring America's sense of hope in The Postman, Costner is once again the most important man in the free world.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  07-07-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Death in Cannes: Decay and Corruption Go Down Smoothlynew

When you're watching this many movies in rapid succession, the urge to divine a trend is almost irresistible, whether or not such a trend exists, so here's mine: A considerable proportion of the films I've seen have been concerned in some way or another with decay.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  05-27-2008  |  Movies

'Made of Honor' Comes Made to Insultnew

It's the dude version of My Best Friend's Wedding, without the implied judgment that made Julia Roberts seem like kind of an awful person by the end of it.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  05-02-2008  |  Reviews

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